Matthew Lambert joined the Red Wing Republican Eagle in March 2018 covering school board, public safety, and writing features. Lambert previously wrote for the Pierce County Herald and River Falls Journal. He is a graduate of Winona State University with a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communication: Journalism.
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LAKE CITY — When Lake City residents were asked what they'd like to change about Hok-Si-La Park, the majority response was simple: not a thing. On Monday, June 10, the vote was just as simple. As part of the consent agenda, the Lake City City Council unanimously passed the Hok-Si-La Park Master Plan, a comprehensive document showing all aspects of the park. Established in 1973, the 252-acre park on the shores of Lake Pepin has many offerings: camping, a dining hall, picnic areas and hiking trails.
Juicy strawberries are hard to beat on a hot summer day. A strawberry you can pick off the vine is even better. At Driftless Orchard in Hager City, the strawberry picking season starts on June 13 and runs until July 2. A former dairy farm, Madeline and Clare Neenan spent years learning, studying and researching what it takes to own and operate an orchard. When the 28 acres off Highway 63 became available in 2016, the sisters jumped at the chance to make their dreams a reality.
HAGER CITY — Juicy strawberries are hard to beat on a hot summer day. A strawberry you can pick off the vine is even better. At Driftless Orchard. the strawberry picking season starts on June 13 and runs until July 2. Madeline and Clare Neenan spent years learning, studying and researching what it takes to own and operate an orchard. The site is a former dairy farm.When 28 acres off Highway 63 came available in 2016, the sisters jumped at the chance to make their dreams a reality.
Imagine trying to navigate a new school district. Then add a language barrier, trying to have a career, plus raising family in a different culture. Those are the challenges facing some Hispanic families in Goodhue County. To help those families better understand the education system, help those students succeed, and have parents pass down cultural lessons, Hispanic Outreach started an after school tutoring program in the Red Wing School District.
PINE ISLAND — After his first year of growing industrial hemp at Willow's Keep Farm, Ted Galaty is selling CBD and hemp-related products at the Olde Pine Theatre. Galaty, who owns both Willow's Keep Farm located south of Zumbrota and the Olde Pine Theatre, said he felt like his space in Pine Island could be utilized to sell his hemp-related products early in the year. Unfortunately, Galaty isn't selling any products made from his own hemp crop, but hopes some day in the future he is able to do so.
Messing around with a firearm led to one Red Wing resident being hospitalized and another in custody. Red Wing police responded to a 911 call on April 10, 2019, from Jack Edward Kusnierek, who told dispatchers he had been shot at 120 East Fifth St.
Prescription drug costs continue to skyrocket every year, putting many in danger of having to choose between refilling their prescription or not buying necessary life essentials. U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar has introduced five bills during her tenure that she would help Americans afford their, at times, life-saving medicine. That notion prompted Klobuchar to hold a series of roundtable discussions throughout Minnesota on Feb. 6. Since the State of the Union was the previous day, Klobuchar was in Washington, D.C., but sent a video with her aides to show.
PINE ISLAND — It was around the end of Kelly Leibold's cancer treatments where she considered running for public office. Leibold has attended city meetings since she was 16, an unconventional move for a young person, across any generation. Now in a few weeks, at just 22 years old, Leibold will be attending city meetings in a more official nature: as a council member. Leibold loves Pine Island. From the parks and Douglas Trail, she has served on multiple committees and volunteered. There's no other path she could see for herself.
While it may not have been how she envisioned her art career, Kate Bauman loves to sink her hands into some clay. Bauman, who grew up in Lake City and returned to the area in the mid-2000s, revels in the physical, textural elements of art. It's about getting her hands dirty. "I fell in love with clay because I just love the feel of it," Bauman said. "You can transform it into just about anything." Bauman has tried many different forms of art, including painting or drawing, but said she always finds herself adding those textural elements.
WELCH — There probably isn't a time in Taylor Offtermatt's young life where a horse wasn't around. Taylor, 12, said she got up on her first horse when she was only 2 years old and started barrel racing just six years later. Now, the Welch resident and Cannon Falls seventh-grader is less than one month away from competing in the top barrel racing event in the country. Barrel racing wasn't even a competition her family was heavily involved with, Taylor's mother, Dianne Offtermatt said.